Aladeloba Babatunde

Feb 21, 2018

4 min read

Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone

Mosaic Admonishment — he humbled you, allowing you to hunger

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Bread was one of the most significant meals in ancient Israel — it’s like the Nigerian Jollof rice that causes disputes on social media. When you don’t serve a man bread at an event in Israel, you had hurt his Ego and delayed his schedule. Israel was so confident in bread making that they could go to bed with the spinners rolling over the dough. Baal and Ekron were the pride of the Gentile nations; Pharaoh the pride of Egypt and God should be the pride of Israel. Rather, like the Punjabi’s esteem for Dal Makhani, bread was the pride of Israel.

Pride is not just the show off of one’s glamour or aptitude. It is the assumption that nothing or no man can restrain you from reaching your goals. It’s a man making himself a fortress, without acknowledging God. Bread was the end of Israel’s pride, as they depended on their strength.

Pride substantially contributes to the downfall of a man than any other omission as when men reach the pinnacle of pursuit; they ask themselves if God matters.

Nebuchadnezzar walked upon the roof of his palace and doubted the existence of God; he thought to himself that he had achieved by his strength and could probably live on forever.

Late Ugandan dictator, Idi-Amin had an overbearing Ego, which drove the brutal death of hundreds of thousands during his regime as the leader. He was despised by the world entirety, shoved out of power and his Ego flattened. He eventually died in exile — it was however ill-fated that there was not a colleague checking on Idi Amin’s Ego has he rose through the political rank in Uganda.

We didn’t possibly hear of humility lessons that would have flattened his Ego before taking on leadership position; just maybe he would have been more cautious when he arrived the capital city.

Israel had just been delivered by God’s mighty hand from Egypt, and they were hungry in the desert. They wanted to eat bread as usual; ready to roll out their spinners to make a dough. Alas, the dough was not available neither was yeast. Flour was not grown anywhere in the desert; they suddenly felt betrayed — grumbling against God.

A man who complains is one who doubts the capacity of God — an upshot of by my strength shall I prevail. Israel presumed by right they deserved access to all the raw materials of bread.This time, the situation reigned over Israel, and their pride failed them.

The prophet Moses who knew the ways of God said, the lord humbled you and allowed you to be hungry (Deut8:3) . God saw pride amidst Israel — he knew the only way to humble them was to deprive them of that one thing which fed their Pride, bread. The hunger was not the aim of God; it was merely a means to remove pride from the house of Israel. It’s like putting a pharmacist on a sick bed, at some point when his health begins to deteriorate, he becomes humble and seeks divine health knowing he can’t always live on pharmacised medicine.

The endpoint of pride is destruction; the Bible tells us stories of how Sennacherib, Herod, and even Satan fell because of pride. How I wish we could ask Idi-Amin questions.

The substance of pride is that a man conceives he is entirely independent of his maker and can always call things to being. Pride is the disposition that we don’t need God’s counsel or attributing our success to singularly our efforts. So, when you want to launch a start-up, get married or make other plans — while it’s imperative to do your research and develop skills where necessary. Seeking for God’s opinion of the situation is crucial.

Next, don’t just scream when your achievement is recognized or when granting media interviews for your Gold medal at the Olympics — find a spot to kneel in your heart, while affirming to the public that all glory belongs to God. With your heart, you believe in God’s spoken words, and with your mouth, the confession of its efficacy is proclaimed.

God’s love for Israel made him teach them humility by experience. He knew the destruction that awaited them if pride was not taken away. If Israel had easily accessed bread, gone through the wilderness and reached Canaan — they would have ascribed all glory to themselves. The Bible says these things were written down for our learning and instructions.

The Era of Grace doesn’t always need experiential engagements before we learn how to reverence God in our daily lives. Our positions or abilities in lives should never diminish God as our Alpha and Omega. It’s true that we would labour and show diligence in our responsibilities, but Paul said “I work more than the rest through the grace that worketh in me” (1Cor15:10).

So, whether you minister the gospel, govern a state, own an organization or even produce bread — you need the Grace to work in you. Who then gives this Grace? It is imperative to know that your results are dependent on God’s spoken words. Until God speaks, the Spirit will only keep hovering.